Thursday, February 07, 2008
Movie Review: Evano Oruvan
Has anyone seen the Marathi original 'Dombivilli Fast'? How do the two movies compare? The only good thing about this movie was that it had no songs. There is a segment where he talks about 'meganical' life and supression of talent, which was slightly interesting. I did not like the movie because the character leaps from a semi-'realistic' character to a psychotic character a little too quickly. Agreed, that this 'leap' need not require a mega-event to happen. However, it needs the director to convincingly show the metamorphosis. That was missing. Maybe some deeper look into history of madhavan's honesty obsession would have helped rather than a few sprinkled in anecdotes. I ended constantly feeling that the character was over-reacting to small issues rather than genuinely indulging in 'psychotic' behavior.
Damil movies will become dumeel movies if they continue to
(a) Take up 'honest raj' kind of subjects again and again and again and again. All subjects/stories surrounding nermai, ganniyam, kattupadu, responsibility, social duty, anti-corruption have already been taken. There is very little scope for offering something new here that is not boring. Gaptun has beaten this vigilante genre to death. It has become terribly boring now. We know India is corrupt and corruption is internalized. Summa bore adikaathengaba.
(b) Botch up Brahmin Thamizh dialect and various other dialects. Manirathnam makes poor attempts at reproducing Thirunelveli dialects. Kamalagasan and many others screw up kongu dialects. Most of tinseldom sodhappifies iyer vootu thamizh. The subtle nuances of these dialects cannot be 'asalta' reproduced. I have not seen a movie that has done a decent job of this. Madhavan plays an brahmin character that speaks the dialect worse than what Vikram did in Anniyan.
This movie came with very good reviews. So I thought it might be interesting. But I was dissapointed. A couple of scenes were 'moving' but it was not 'realistically taken' and all that crap. The inspector character, with a funny voice, was constantly over-concluding and over-assuming stuff about Madhavan without enough data. Somehow it is hard for me to take Madhavan seriously. He did a decent job in 'kannathil muthamittal'. But his Thamizh is not convincing enough. Maybe thats because he has a hindi accent. Off-screen, he comes off as a sincere guy. But I see some perception issues with his on-screen sincerity. There is some strong pretentiousness about him when he plays serious roles.